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Health and Well-Being Begin with Health Literacy

Access to easy-to-understand, relatable, and actionable information encourages individuals to be proactive in seeking to improve and maintain their health. However, too often, information that could benefit people is overly complex, unavailable in languages other than English, or not relevant to an individual’s unique perspective and needs. While striving to be healthy and understanding what it takes to be healthy are not the same thing, the root of healthy living is an adequate baseline of usable knowledge – what we refer to as health literacy. Improving our mindfulness of this, as health professionals and lay persons, is a good start toward more effective communication and perhaps better health and well-being.

Newly Released: Healthy People 2020 Final Review Progress by Population Group

Today, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) Final Review Progress by Population Group analysis. The analysis is the next component in the HP2020 Final Review suite of products being released on a rolling basis. This analysis provides the final progress status by population group for a subset of the 1,111 measurable objectives that have data available for any of six broad population characteristics: sex, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, family income, disability status, and geographic location...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Moving Your Way

ODPHP is excited to join the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)! This month we encourage you to consider how you can promote Hispanic and Latino health and well-being through physical activity and other related health behaviors. Physical activity is a key component to maintaining good overall health...